Specialist Physio For Neck Pain In Wembley
to a better state of health
Neck pain is a condition that will affect most people at some point in their lives. Strains from poor posture, injuries, and degenerative diseases such as arthritis are the most common causes of neck pain.
Your neck supports and balances your head. It comprises seven bones called cervical vertebrae, which are linked together by discs and small joints called facet joints. This part of your spine (known as the cervical spine) is stabilised by joint capsules, ligaments, and moved by muscles and tendons – these structures can be a source of neck pain.
Neck pain is generally classified as either acute (your pain has been present for less than six weeks) or chronic/recurring. Our specialist physio can help with both types of neck pain. The Neck and Jaw Clinic is conveniently located for patients from the suburbs of Wembley, Subiaco, Floreat, and Leederville.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF NECK PAIN?
Neck injuries most often result from motor vehicle, sports or occupational accidents. Damage may occur to vertebrae, joints, nerves, discs, ligaments and muscles. A common neck injury associated with motor vehicle accidents is the acceleration/deceleration injury or ‘whiplash’ where the head is thrown forward or backward.
Poor posture can cause neck pain. Ligaments are over-stretched, muscles become tired and the neck joints and nerves are put under pressure. Slouching your shoulders with your head pushed forward, sleeping with your head in an awkward position, or working with your head down for long periods, will all tend to cause or worsen neck pain.
Osteoarthritis of the small joints in the neck and degeneration of the discs that separate the vertebrae may cause neck pain, particularly as you get older.
HOW CAN PHYSIOTHERAPY HELP WITH NECK PAIN?
Whether your neck pain is acute or chronic, our specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist will undertake a comprehensive clinical exam to determine its source. From here, we’ll work to relieve the symptoms of your neck pain with a personalised program that might include:
PREVENTING NECK PAIN
Here is some useful advice from our physio to help you control and prevent neck pain:
Think tall: chest lifted, shoulders relaxed, chin tucked in and head level. Your neck should feel strong, straight and relaxed.
The ideal pillow will provide enough support to keep the neck and spine aligned in a neutral position. See my blog for advice.
Recognise when you are tense. You may be hunching your shoulders or clenching your teeth without realising it.
Avoid working with your head down or to one side for long periods. Frequently stretch and change position. Our Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist will show you how.
Keep your neck joints and muscles flexible and strong with the correct neck exercises. We will assess for tight or weak muscles and show you specific exercises to treat your situation.
The ideal pillow will provide enough support to keep the neck and spine aligned in a neutral position. We can assess and advise you.
For effective Treatment of Neck Pain, Make an Appointment to See Our Physio
Don’t let neck pain go unmanaged, make an appointment with the physio at The Neck and Jaw Clinic. Situated in Wembley, The Neck & Jaw Clinic is conveniently located for Subiaco, Floreat, Leederville and the wider Perth area.